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Kwasniewski: 'I am ready' to lead U.N.

LONDON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Outgoing Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski says he is ready to lead the United Nations as a politician but not as a diplomat, The Times of London reports.

Kwasniewski warns of radical division

WARSAW, Poland, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Outgoing Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski has warned his successors radical policy changes could divide Poland and marginalize it in Europe.

Poland elects Kaczynski as president

WARSAW, Poland, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Polish voters have elected conservative Lech Kaczynski as the new president, replacing former communist Aleksander Kwasniewski.

Outgoing Polish president eyes U.N. role

WARSAW, Poland, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Poland's outgoing communist President Aleksander Kwasniewski has set his sights on becoming the next secretary-general of the United Nations.

Polish presidential race neck and neck

WARSAW, Poland, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Polls leading up to Poland's run-off presidential election Sunday show support for both right-leaning candidates are neck and neck Friday.

Polish election headed for runoff

WARSAW, Poland, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Polls show Civic Platform Party nominee Donald Tusk with the most votes in Poland's presidential election Sunday, but not enough to secure the job.

Poland postpones EU vote

WARSAW, Poland, June 22 (UPI) -- Poland has indefinitely postponed its referendum on the EU constitution after French and Dutch voters rejected the controversial treaty.

Poland urges EU to admit Ukraine

WARSAW, Poland, May 17 (UPI) -- Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski called on the European Union to support democratic reforms in Ukraine and bring the nation into the fold.

Polish president rejects PM's resignation

WARSAW, Poland, May 6 (UPI) -- Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski rejected the resignation of Prime Minister Marek Belka, who may be forced to remain in office another six months.

Polish PM says to resign Friday

WARSAW, Poland, May 4 (UPI) -- Polish Prime Minister Marek Belka said Wednesday he would offer his resignation Friday to try and force early parliamentary elections.

Catholics pray for new pope in east Europe

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, April 24 (UPI) -- Roman Catholics across central and eastern Europe offered prayers Sunday for Pope Benedict XVI, as the new pontiff was inaugurated in Rome.

Polish leader invites new Pope to visit

WARSAW, Poland, April 20 (UPI) -- President Aleksander Kwasniewski Wednesday invited Pope Benedict XVI to visit Poland, homeland of the late Pope John Paul II.

Hungary backs EU membership for Ukraine

BUDAPEST, Hungary, April 14 (UPI) -- Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany said Thursday Brussels should give a clear signal to Ukraine that European Union membership is a possibility.

Huge crowd gathers in Warsaw for Pope

WARSAW, Poland, April 5 (UPI) -- Hundreds of thousands of Poles gathered in central Warsaw Tuesday for a mass to celebrate the life and work of Pope John Paul II.

Polish president and Walesa to go to Rome

WARSAW, Poland, April 4 (UPI) -- Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski said Monday he and his wife would go to the funeral of Pope John Paul II in Rome Friday.
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Aleksander Kwaśniewski (Polish pronunciation:   ( listen); born November 15, 1954) is a Polish politician who served as the President of Poland from 1995 to 2005. He was born in Białogard, and during communist rule he was active in the Socialist Union of Polish Students and was the Minister for Sport in the communist government in the 1980s. After the fall of communism he became a leader of the left-wing Social Democracy of the Republic of Poland, successor to the former ruling Polish United Workers Party, and a co-founder of the Democratic Left Alliance.

Kwaśniewski was democratically elected president in 1995, defeating the incumbent, Lech Wałęsa. He was re-elected to a second and final term as president in 2000 in a decisive first-round victory. His term ended on December 23, 2005, when he handed over power to his elected successor, conservative Lech Kaczyński.

In 1979 he married lawyer Jolanta Kwaśniewska (née Konty). Together they have one daughter, Aleksandra Kwaśniewska, who was born in 1981.

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